Right Wing Religion Round-Up: Trump’s Grifting Televangelist Adviser Paula White Asks for $91 “Seed” During Coronavirus Prayer Session

Price of your ticket to heaven: $91 By Hemant Mehta The Friendly Atheist (3/17/20) If it involves the Trump administration and a crisis, you know there’s probably grifting involved. Enter Paula White, Trump’s “spiritual adviser” and the head of the White House’s “Faith and Opportunity Initiative” program. During a roughly 30-minute Facebook prayer session this afternoon, White talked about how the Bible can help us through the coronavirus quarantine… before making a direct request for seed money from everyone watching. Because what good is prayer without profit? Here’s the relevant portion: “Churches do so much. Not just from a humanitarian standpoint, but the greatest thing…


Jerry Falwell Jr. Spilled The Beans On Conservatism — And We Should Thank Him For It

Rev. Falwell told us without knowing he was telling us that conservatism in theory is authoritarianism in practice. By John Stoehr The Editorial Board I suppose we owe Jerry Falwell Jr. a debt of gratitude. I’m serious. Falwell is the son of the late Jerry Falwell, the man most responsible for bringing fundamentalist Christianity out of the political wilderness during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. Junior, along with Franklin Graham, himself a scion of a religious dynasty, is perhaps the president’s greatest champion among white evangelical Christians. He appeared on “Fox & Friends” yesterday. Among other things, he accused Donald Trump’s enemies, including…


‘We Know This Script’: Naomi Klein Warns Of ‘Coronavirus Capitalism’ In New Video Detailing Battle Before Us

“We know what Trump’s plan is: a pandemic shock doctrine… But the end of this story hasn’t been written yet.” By Jessica Corbett The Intercept (3/17/20) In a new video from The Intercept, author and activist Naomi Klein explains how the Trump administration and other governments across the globe are “exploiting” the coronavirus outbreak “to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks,” and urges working people worldwide to resist such efforts and demand real support from political leaders during the ongoing crisis. Klein, author of the 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, notes that President Donald Trump has pushed for a payroll tax…


Refusal By Corporate Dem Pelosi To Consider Universal Cash Payments In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Maddening,’ Say Progressives

“This is a total failure of Democratic Party leadership.” By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams (3/18/20) Progressives erupted with frustration and anger Wednesday over days of reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not consider cash payments for Americans without means-testing despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has ground the U.S. economy almost to a standstill. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have taken the opportunity to outflank Pelosi and House Democrats on the payments, leading to anger from the left. “I truly don’t know how to describe how maddening it is that Republicans and Trump officials are to the left…


‘Critical Victory For The Progressive Movement’: Marie Newman Ousts Right-Wing Democrat Dan Lipinski

A defeat for machine politics and big corporate donors. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (3/18/20) Progressive challenger Marie Newman defeated incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in the primary for Illinois’ 3rd congressional district on Tuesday, ousting the most right-wing Democrat in the House whose eight terms saw him consistently oppose reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, healthcare expansion, and higher wages for workers. “I am bursting with pride and gratitude for the amazing coalition that helped bring about much needed change in our district,” Newman tweeted after she was declared the winner by a close margin. “We are going to work together to lower healthcare costs, to…


A Commoner Writes: I Hereby Declare Dr. Anthony Fauci Our ‘Acting President’

His quotes are priceless and will save many lives. Here is one I love: ”The golden rule that I say is that, when you think you are doing too much, you are probably doing enough or not enough…” And here’s another one: “Don’t even for a second, think that I am saying we shouldn’t—I like to be criticized,” he added.  “When I say, ‘Oh, you are being too overactive,’ that is good for me.” Ignore POTUS; turn your attention to this leader.  He is a crisis leader and we are, for sure, in crisis. Naked POTUS, with no clothes, in full…


Notably Quotable: “People are dying who…”

  “People are dying who have never died before.” — Donald J. Trump (3/18/20) ***** “He accepted everything. The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.” — George Orwell, 1984, George Conway Nails Fox News For Its Terrible Coronavirus Coverage With ‘1984’ Quote ***** “There are currently less than 100,000 beds right now and most of them are occupied. If there were a need for 200,000 beds and they came within a short period of each other, then we would be in a situation like…


An Optimist’s View About A Pessimistic Crisis: Could The Trump Presidency Be Over?

Donald Trump is shrinking before our eyes. By Peter Wehner The Atlantic (3/13/20) When, in January 2016, I wrote that despite being a lifelong Republican who worked in the previous three GOP administrations, I would never vote for Donald Trump, even though his administration would align much more with my policy views than a Hillary Clinton presidency would, a lot of my Republican friends were befuddled. How could I not vote for a person who checked far more of my policy boxes than his opponent? It has taken a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the…


Sanders & Biden Confront Coronavirus Crisis In First ‘Ho-Hum’ One-On-One Debate

By Lauren Gambino The Guardian (3/15/20) Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders auditioned in real time for the job of president on Sunday night during the first one-on-one debate of the Democratic primary, as the world confronts the growing threat of the coronavirus pandemic and American public health officials warned the worst is yet to come. The fast-escalating national emergency over the coronavirus dominated the discussion between two candidates with starkly different visions for the country. “This is bigger than any one of us,” Biden says. “This calls for a national rallying for one another.” Both candidates were sharply critical of Donald Trump’s ability…


The Canadian Public Lab That Could Have Helped Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak may finally help expose the fallacy of the notion that the private marketplace is innately superior. By Linda McQuaig Toronto Star (3/11/20) Canada once had a publicly owned pharmaceutical company that could have made a difference in the current coronavirus crisis — except that we sold it. Connaught Labs was a superstar in global medicine. For seven decades, this publicly owned Canadian company performed brilliantly on the national and international stage, contributing to medical breakthroughs and developing affordable treatments and vaccines for deadly diseases. Hated by its corporate competitors, Connaught was unique among pharmaceutical companies in that its focus was on human…


A Stinking Mess: Toilet Paper Wars And The Shithouse Of Capitalism

Looking out for number one, so you can continue to do your number twos in peace. By Simon Spring Common Dreams (3/15/20) The run on toilet paper has brought the failings of capitalism front and center to the bathroom of every house across Australia, a trend that has now spread to other countries. We are witnessing, in real-time and with stunning consequence, the stone-cold fact that markets are an ineffective mediator of resources, prone to the worst vagaries of herd mentality. Perceived impending shortages of toilet paper owing to the spread of COVID-19 set off widespread panic. We might be…


‘Grotesque Level of Greed’: Owned By World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods Wants Workers To Pay For Colleagues’ Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic

“With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” By Jon Queally Common Dreams (3/ When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now is the time for solidarity” amid the coronavirus outbreak, they likely do not mean that employees of Whole Foods—owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos—should be asked to give their own accrued paid sick days to their co-workers who have either contracted the deadly virus or been forced to take time out of work because of what is now a global pandemic. But that is exactly…


Infectious Disease Expert Shares Much-Needed Information About COVID-19 And Other Communicable Disease

[Editor’s Note: Michael Osterholm’s comment’s about the issue of treatment and vaccines in the last ten minutes of the interview gives a much-needed reality check regarding our future with COVID-19. As he notes earlier in the interview, we are being confronted by a”long winter” and not a short-term “blizzard.” — Mark L. Taylor] The Joe Rogan Experience (3/10/20) Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental…


Russia Monitor: The COVID-19 Presidential Meltdown Puts America At Risk

“I think we’ll look back on this as a defining moment of the Trump presidency because it speaks to larger concerns that people already had about Trump — that he can’t tell the truth, that he doesn’t value expertise, that he doesn’t take the presidency seriously enough.” — Obama White House aide Ben Rhodes interviewed by Washington Post (3/12/20) ***** “No, I don’t take responsibility at all.” — Trump at his Friday presser (3/13/20)  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/16/20) Dear Fellow Readers, A few remarks about what seems most current and most important. Trump announced new travel restrictions including…


Blasé Rural Northern Wisconsin Community Unmoved By COVID-19 Threat

“They’re having really cheap flights right now and so I’m thinking, what the heck, I might just go some place.” By Chris McGreal The Guardian (3/15/20) Melissa Rosio grabbed a disinfectant wipe and ran it over the handle of her shopping cart. Coronavirus? The 31-year-old shook her head. “I see how people don’t wash their hands when they leave the bathroom. That grosses me out,” she said. “I think coronavirus is being blown out of proportion. It’s just like any other flu. It’s attacking the elders and people that have other health issues going on. It’s taking an impact on them…


152 House Dems Join GOP To Reauthorize ‘abusive government surveillance power’

  By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (3/12/20) With the nation’s attention fixed on the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to extend FBI surveillance powers that were set to expire on March 15. The bill, formally titled the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, cleared the House by a vote of 278 to 136, with 152 Democrats and 126 Republicans voting yes. View the full roll call here. The legislation, strongly opposed by civil liberties groups and privacy advocates, is the product of bipartisan negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep….


“Guaranteed Disaster’ — Biden Is Not All There Mentally. Running Him For President Is Incredibly Reckless

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women created by the, go, you know the, you know the thing.” — Joe Biden (3/220) By Meagan Day Jacobin (3/10/20) fter a year of stages crowded with flash-in-the-pan phenoms and forgettable faces, the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is about to yield a totally new kind of debate: Joe Biden versus Bernie Sanders, mano a mano. That’s bad news for Biden, and his team knows it. We know they know it because they won’t accept Sanders’s offer for a one-on-one debate about health care policy; because they’re lobbying to make the debate format less demanding;…


Wisconsin Dems Shift To All-Virtual Organizing & Postpone In-Person Events Amid COVID-19 Guidance

(MADISON, WI) — Following guidance from local health officials to practice social distancing and postpone gatherings of more than 250 individuals, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will replace its traditional canvassing operation with a digital organizing program ahead of the April 7 Spring election. The party will also postpone its annual Founders Day dinner, originally scheduled for April 4, to a later date. Other in-person gatherings will be postponed or moved online. “The health and safety of Wisconsinites is our number one priority. It’s time for all groups and institutions with events planned in the next few weeks to take swift…


Corporate Dems Claim Biden’s Obvious ‘cognitive decline’ Is Just A Silly Russian Conspiracy Theory

But not to worry, surely those nice Republicans would never, ever stoop to using such a disgraceful line of attack in a campaign! Right? The Rising / The Hill (4/9/20) Saagar discusses the Democratic establishment protecting Joe Biden against allegations of cognitive decline. Link To 10-Minute Video Think They Won’t Do It? Watch What The Republicans Have In Store For Biden & The Dems: Link To 15-Minute Video ***** And Surely, The Republicans Would Never Bring  Up Biden’s Serial Lying. Right? By Mehdi Hasan The Intercept (3/9/20) The evidence is in: Joe Biden has a habit of making things up….


How The Democrats Intentionally Lose Elections, And May Do So Again In 2020

There’s More Of Us Than There Are Of Them (So Why Do The Dems Keep Blowing Their Campaigns?) [Editor’s Note: This is one of the most important interviews you can find, if you are wondering why the dems keep losing. And if Wall Street succeeds in pushing Bernie aside, they will be on track to lose again in 2020. Great information on messaging. The information is right in front of them to help the dems win, so why don’t they listen and are content to keep losing? They are smart people. I think it is intentional to keep their corporate…


Welcome To The New Legitimation Crisis: Bernie Sanders vs. The Corrupt Bipartisan Plutocrats

“Going forward, we have the platform; we have the issues. These have broad public support already. Exit polls show that even in states that went for Biden, majorities want to replace private healthcare insurance with a public plan and support free college tuition. Bernie can still find a path to victory by doubling down on such issues and by drawing stark political contrasts with Biden, who has always represented the banking and credit card industries. It’s going to be a damn good fight!   “In the meantime, we might be forgiven for laughing when Democratic establishment attacks burnish Bernie’s popularity…


They Rule: Sorry, No Easter Bernie

“The “normal” constitutional and electoral paths of “resistance” are a complete fail. The system is a ruling class-imposed travesty, delivering us to tragedy on a mass scale. “Actual leftists need to take advantage of this. This is what we have been saying. The major party ballot box is the coffin of class consciousness. The Sanders thing and indeed social democratic politics in the U.S. are over: trade in your ballot for a yellow vest. “The bourgeoisie will not be unseated – as it needs to be for humanity to survive – through the existing constitutional and electoral channels. It just won’t….


A Note To Activists: How To Outlive The Bastards

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit…


Russia Monitor: The Viral Contagion Of Vile Trumpian ‘Leadership’

“I don’t think we can ignore how disastrous their performance has been. In many ways this was the moment we feared: a true security threat to the nation and a president who can’t tell the truth, who can’t organize a consistent response and doesn’t have enough experienced people on the job.” — Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) ***** “No, I think the U.S. has done a very good job on testing.” “But be calm.  It’s really working out.  And a lot of good things are going to happen.” — David Gura tweet regarding Trump, following meeting with GOP Senators (3/10/20) By…



Lies, Damn Lies & The Greater Threat Of ‘Post-Truth’ America

Even if all politicians lie, I believe that post-truth foreshadows something more sinister. By Lee McIntyre The Conversation (11/19/18) Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest – former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps – the question is how to think about the rest of them. And if most politicians lie, then why are some Americans so hard on President Donald Trump? According to The Washington Post, Trump has told 6,420 lies so far in his presidency. In the seven weeks leading up to the midterms, his rate increased to 30 per…


Right Wing Religion Round-Up — Grandstanding, Lying, Praying It Away: Dear God & Hookers For Jesus, Please Send Help

Grandstanding, Lying, Praying It Away: Dear God & Hookers For Jesus, Please Send Help By Abby Zimet Common Dreams (3/9/20) Oh man. Apocalypse now or soon: Spreading virus, plunging markets, growing evidence of “gross amateur hour incompetence” by our ill-equipped fake prez and his band of Christian zealots, headed by inept Vice-Pastor Pence. On Monday, WHO confirmed over 108,000 cases of coronavirus around the world, and at least 3,800 deaths. In the U.S., there are at least 500 cases and 22 deaths – despite Trump’s blithe pronouncement a few weeks ago the hoax’s 15 cases would soon be zero – with daily reports of spread. Facing…


Notably Quotable: “You’re only as healthy as the…”

“You’re only as healthy as the least insured person around you.” — Jimmy Dore, Jessie Ventura Show ***** “I am a doctor living and working in Italy (Lombardy, the most hard-hit region) and I can confirm everything this doctor said. This virus is not a joke, nor is “just a flu”. Other countries need to wake up and start taking serious precautions to contain the upcoming epidemy: unfortunately it’s not a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when”. Take care and stay safe and AVOID CROWDED PLACES AT ALL COSTS PLEASE. Don’t make the same mistakes Italy made at…


Status Quo Joe Biden Schmoozes & Reassures Rich Donors That If Elected: “Nothing would fundamentally change”

  “I hope if I win this nomination, I won’t let you down. I promise you.” By Igor Derysh Salon (6/19/19) Former Vice President Joe Biden assured rich donors at a ritzy New York fundraiser that “nothing would fundamentally change” if he is elected. Biden told donors at an event at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday evening that he would not “demonize” the rich and promised that “no one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change,” Bloomberg News reported. Biden’s assurance to donors in New York came shortly after his appearance at the Poor People’s Campaign Presidential Forum in Washington…


Bernie Needs New Strategy & ‘Frame’ For His “Good Friend” Biden

“Right now you are losing to Joe Biden. Think about that.” — Jimmy Dore By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (3/9/20) Last Thursday I watched a livestream of a Bernie Sanders rally in Arizona. There was a great band, lots of sign waving and roars of “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie!” When he stepped to the podium the place went wild and the senator from Vermont waved to everybody, made a few introductory remarks, thanked everybody for coming and then did the oddest thing. He went into a spiel about what a “great guy” Joe Biden is and how he is…


BIDEN: Delaware’s Corrupt House Of Cards And The Senator From MBNA

How Joe Biden helped build a financial system that’s great for Delaware banks and terrible for the rest of us. By Tim Murphy Mother Jones (Nov/Dec 2019) In early 1973, as Joe Biden was settling into his new job in Washington, DC, Ralph Nader published a deconstruction of what made the freshman Democratic senator’s state of Delaware, the most anodyne of states, so exceptional. The answer, The Company State explained, had to do with the unique relationship between government and commerce: Delaware was less a democracy than a fiefdom, contorting its laws to meet the demands of its corporate lords. Preeminent among them…


If You Understand How Trump Defeated Clinton Four Years Ago, Do You Really Vote ‘Establishment Joe Biden’?

By Robert Reich robertreich.org (3/4/20) As the Democratic Party’s “moderate” (or shall we say “establishment”) wing coalesces around Joe Biden to stop Bernie, the primary contest is starting to look a lot like 2016, when the same wing rallied around Hillary Clinton. Today, Mike Bloomberg quit the race and endorsed Biden—as has Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. As the New York Times’ David Leonhardt put it, “if you’re a Democrat who doesn’t want Bernie Sanders to be the party’s nominee, your choice is now clear: you should vote for Joe Biden.” But suppose you’re a Democrat who doesn’t want Donald Trump to…


It’s Groundhog Day (Again) For Democrats

How do you ever win by making unilateral concessions? It’s Negotiation 101, people. Never compromise with yourself. By Mike McCabe Wisconsin Our Revolution (3/4/20) Democrats are awfully hard to figure. I hear what they say they believe in and what they say they want to do. But when in power they rarely if ever do those things. Theirs is a scared party, an apologetic party, a play-it-safe party. When is the last time you heard a Republican apologize for anything? Some years back, establishment Democrats got spooked by the L word. They’ve been going to great lengths ever since to shed…


Russia Monitor: We’re All Stranded Aboard The Princess Trump

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/9/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Truthfulness and real coronavirus information saves lives. Lies and downplaying risk puts lives at risk. Between talking to people and paying attention to social media (Twitter mostly, much more focus on coronavirus) I see a concerning amount of opinions that discount the risk. To greatly oversimplify, one part of downplaying risk is a view that the news is a hoax; I wonder where anyone might have heard that? A second part of downplaying coronavirus risk is a view that Trump is right to downplay risk though you’ll have to…


GOP Group Hits Donald Trump With Supercut Of His Offensive, Ridiculous Statements

  By Lee Moran HuffPost (3/7/20) The Lincoln Project — a group of anti-Trump Republicans ― on Friday hit the president with a montage of his most insulting, offensive and ridiculous gaffes. The group — of which prominent Trump critic George Conway is a member — released the supercut that contrasts Trump’s speeches to those of previous presidents in response to a similar GOP attack on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over his own gaffes. “Every day is a new chance for Trump to debase himself further and embarrass Americans of all political stripes,” Republican strategist Rick Wilson wrote in…


DuPont vs. The World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks Of Teflon Contamination Around The Globe

Democracy Now! (1/23/18) Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival, we are joined by three guests who personally battled with DuPont and are featured in the new documentary called “The Devil We Know,” that looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers. We speak with Bucky Bailey, whose mother worked in the Teflon division of…


Is Gmail Hiding Bernie’s Emails To You? How Inbox Filtering May Cripple Democracy

  By Adrianne Jeffries, Leon Yin & Surya Mattu The Guardian (2/26/20) Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63%. Andrew Yang came in second at 46%. And Elizabeth Warren looks like she’s in trouble with 0%. These aren’t poll numbers for the US 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Instead, they reflect which candidates were able to consistently land in Gmail’s primary inbox in a simple test. The Markup set up a new Gmail account to find out how the company filters political emails from candidates, thinktanks, advocacy groups and nonprofits. We found that few of the emails we’d signed up to receive – 11%…


A Group of Agents Rose Through The Ranks To Lead The Border Patrol. They’re Leaving It In Crisis & Chaos

They leave corruption, misconduct and a toxic culture in their wake. By Melissa del Bosque ProPublica (2/10/20) On a Saturday evening in late September, Deputy Chief Scott Luck gathered with family and friends in the crystal-chandeliered ballroom of the Trump National Golf Club, nestled along the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia, to celebrate his retirement after 33 years in the U.S. Border Patrol. The party was adorned with a who’s who in Border Patrol leadership, past and present. There was the unmistakable figure of Luck’s boss, Chief Carla Provost, tall and broad with her trademark fringe of brown bangs,…


Michael Moore Takes On Establishment Democrats’ Empty ‘Bernie Bro’ Smear

By Michael Moore Rumble Podcast (3/5/20) Senator Bernie Sanders issued a forceful statement on Friday against Russian attempts to meddle in the 2020 election, as he has done in the past. This came in response to a Washington Post story that Sanders was recently briefed by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia was meddling in the election and attempting to “help” his campaign in an unspecified way. This comes on the heels of the Sanders’ opponents and the media dredging up the “Bernie Bro” canard from 2016 and attempting to portray online Sanders supporters as uniquely vile. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST…


In It’s Blatant Actions Against Sanders, The Corporate Democratic Establishment Revealed Their Weakness & Desperation

“We’re taking on not only the corporate establishment, we are taking on the political establishment.” — Bernie Sanders By Mark L. Taylor Commoner Call (3/5/20) Climate activist Greta Thunberg was recently the target of a crude, sexually abusive graphic sticker put out by X-Site Energy Services, an Alberta, Canada oil field company. The sexual abuse launched at the 17 year-old has prompted an online petition (which you should definitely sign, here) and a call for the company’s bullying board to resign. Displaying poise and wisdom far beyond the oil company management team, Thunberg had the perfect response to such abusive behavior,…